Feeding the Whole Doggie

Baby food, dog food, cat food – why pay these crazy food manufacturers to make poor quality food for loved ones when everything you need is in your kitchen. Remember scraps?

Our national nutrition and food politics maven, Marion Nestle PhD, tackled this topic in her just-out-today book Feed Your Pet Right.  Thank you Marion!  Ms. Nestle reveals some of the secrets behind the pet food industry in a fair and even way.  Amazon description says, “A comprehensive and objective look at the science behind pet food, it tells a fascinating story while evaluating the range of products available and examining the booming pet food industry and its marketing practices.”  Plus there is a section on alternative ways to feed pets.  Here here.

I mean kibble is kibble, right?  Super-dried nuggets of stuff that was once living food.  One morning when I was speaking to a small crowd of parents at a K-3 school, questioning the ritual of feeding kids dry cereal for breakfast, a dad piped in to comment that the only difference between most kid’s cereals and dog food is that the cereal has sugar.  Ha.  The whole room got quiet because there was truth in his glib appraisal.

When I tell people that I have always fed my dog real food, they often roll their eyes.  How could I possibly know what I’m doing?  Trust me, Purina does not have your dog’s health and longevity as first priority. Why would I take the time? Honest it’s not  hard.   I just pick up a pack of raw meat each time I do my grocery shopping.  I chop extra parsley or cilantro or grate some extra carrot when I’m cooking and store it in a container.  There’s a battle about whether grains are right for dogs.  Certainly bio-engineered corn might not promote health but I have found that adding some freshly cooked brown rice to the food works well for my pets.  Eggs, bits of cooked fish or chicken scraps, vegetable leavings from making soup – all foods regularly used in the kitchen, nutritious for doggie.

Should we do a video on this?

11 thoughts on “Feeding the Whole Doggie

  1. Yes, please! My major question about this is how much should I be feeding my doggie? I know that the vegetables can be quite beneficial– we used cooked green beans to trim a little weight off of my last pup. Anyway, yes on the video!

  2. Yes do a video please. Both of my cats have diabetes because of a dry cat food diet. Too late now to reverse the diabetes but never too late to give better food.

  3. Yes on the video! And you can use Maxie as your doggie model to show how healthy a home fed doggie can be.

  4. YES PLEASE! Do a video on this! I love the idea of switching my dog to real food, if only because it means that’s one less errand I have to run (the store that sells his particular brand is all the way across town).

    One particular question I have is, how do you figure out amounts? It’s super easy to measure 3/4 c. dried food…

  5. Yes! I’ve been feeding my elderly chihuahua homemade food off and on the past few months (alternating with canned food since he only has 3 teeth left). I’d love to see a video on how to feed homemade food to insure that I’m doing it right without leaving out important foods or nutrients.

  6. I would love to see a video on feeding my dog. It’s the only bone (pun intended) of contention between the vet and me. She insists I am neglecting our dog’s proper nutrition by feeding her home-cooked food. She’s (the dog, not the vet) sitting at my feet munching on a raw organic carrot as I post this. She also loves red bell pepper, cucumber, asparagus, peas, green beans, whole-grain rice, apples and melon, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. She gets mostly turkey and chicken supplemented by some form of veggies.

  7. Yes Yes Please do a video. It only makes since to feed your pets REAL food. I mean what the heck did animals do before Purina (not to pick on any one company).

  8. Yes, please do a video. My only concern would be the 5-10% of the time that we go on a trip or somehow can not make the food. Would he eat the kibble if he knew there was normally homecooked goodies?

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